Who does not love extra hours of sleep in early morning! So do I. But, lately I included morning walk in my newly prepared morning routine. Surprisingly within 2 weeks time I could feel benefits of morning walk and could absolutely sense a positive difference in me.
In lake city Bangalore, I chose Sheelavanthakere lake for walk, as it is at walk-able distant from my place. Moreover, it is a quite outspread and well maintained lake cum park. You can opt any open area nearby.
Here I have listed down some incredible benefits of morning walk. It will definitely save you scores of money you are spending on gym.
1. Physical health
Morning walk assists to keep certain diseases like diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia apart. It further aids to improve immune system and helps a person to fight against diseases.
Morning walk strengthens bones and averts osteoporosis. Moreover it builds vigorous and agile muscles.
While walking as heart pumps actively, blood circulates better to body organs. Lungs breathes more fresh air in. Consequently cardio-pulmonary system functions better. In other terms heart and lungs are healthier and fitter.
But for people already having cardiac and pulmonary issues, it may be deleterious. So such persons should always consult a doctor ahead of introducing such activities.
Morning walk is also not advised instantly after heavy meals. After meals blood circulation is diverted chiefly to stomach. Morning walk will further draw more blood to muscles and hence may compromise circulation to other vital organs of body
Take a bottle of water with you to avoid dehydration
2. Mental health
A good mental health is paramount for psychological, emotional and social well being. Morning walk is one of the habits that will keep you mentally healthy. Walking daily elevates mood, thinking and behaviour. Also if you are wondering how to handle stress in everyday life then, morning walk is the best solution.
Sheelavanthakere lake, where I chose to walk, has seatings at places along the walk way. Plus there is an isolated spot for meditation too.
3. Connect to people
Morning walk is beneficial for social health too. Through this, can join with your friends or even connect with unknown people. These days people group up in morning walk club.
Presently I go for walk on my own. I notice a number of people coming here to Sheelavanthakere lake for walk daily. Some people also come with their own vehicles. The enthusiasm with which people come from far off places, keeps me inspired. It further reminds me of innumerable benefits of morning walk.
Something that is a part of daily routine makes life more organised and meaningful. A routine activity early in the morning conveys signal to body that, day has started. As I embraced morning walk in my daily schedule my life has become more systematised.
5. Makes your day
Walking daily elevates mood. It prepares you for rest of your day in an upright note. It moulds you to be more active and primes your body for work.
Hence beginning a day with this simple physical activity will keep you rejuvenated, throughout a sidereal day.
6. Connect with nature
I cherish being with nature. The more we connect to fresh air, water, sky, earth the more we feel spirited, exuberant and at peace.
Nature has an exceptional healing power. It takes away all your ruminations and keeps you tranquil and restful.
On a morning walk as you appreciate nature, plants, flowers, leaves, birds and hear their beautiful voices , it soaks up to your body and soul.
7. Loose weight
If you want to release that extra calories accumulated around your belly. Along with intake of weight loss friendly foods if you do a brisk morning walk for 30 minutes a day. It is the easiest way indeed. First start steadily for 5-10 min a day and then progressively increase it to 30 minutes.
You can utilize technology at its best. There are apps available for smart phones that keep a track on your footsteps daily. Smart watches are handy and also in trend to count footsteps, calories burnt and other vitals.
Walking daily tones muscles, reduce body fat and enhances physical appearance of a person. So throw away the sedentary lifestyle if you really wish to stay young.
A lot many people these days battle for sleep. It is basically because of the sedentary lifestyle that we have earned under the label of comfort.
Mobiles and Laptops add to that furthermore. Not knowing how to deal with social media addiction or online gaming, disturbs our natural circadian rhythm.
I have noted a change in pattern of my sleep as I incorporated morning walk in my day to day routine. Previously I had to push myself to induce sleep. Now on account of morning walk I am able to sleep earlier and having a trouble-free sleep too.
Morning walk is an easiest, simplest and cheapest form of exercise.
For walking you don’t have need of any specialized instruments or training. You don’t require hitting the gym or expending that extra sum of money every month.
All you need to do is to have a brisk walk i.e neither running too fast nor walking leisurely, daily for 30 minutes a day. More is better, less is also alright. If you lack much time, then walking for 30 minutes once a week is also worthwhile.
You can walk around your home or you can choose any neighboring park or lake or any other place according to convenience.
10 . Key to happiness
Morning walk releases a chemical in brain called BDNF or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic factor. It boosts memory and assists in clear thinking. Prevents Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
It further releases a chemical named endorphin. Endorphin is a hormone that induces sense of well being or euphoria in brain neurons. Hence a few minutes of walk, is key to happiness.
Tell me about your own experience with morning walk. What benefits of morning walk did you get? If you have not started yet, then this is the right time for you.
It is never too late to start a morning walk. So stop procrastinating and start straight away.
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